CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the March 25th Tosa Gathering, courtesy of BBB63: Rich dark copper brown with a thin, whispy, light tan head. Sweet, toasty, bready rye aroma with a lager yeasty profile. Starts with nicely balanced malty rye sweetness turning more dry toward a full, crisp finish. Good authenticity and nice noble hop balance. Thanks Mike!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
March Tosa Tasting via BBB63. Dark brown color with a small lid of beige bubbles. Rye and caramel malt aromas with raisin and pear fruitiness on the side. A bit to fruity for my type of bock, but the flavors come out and help set this one back on course. Nice bock flavors, layers of malt with a touch of earthy acidic rye. Clean unassuming finish. Certainly wouldn’t mind having this again.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Mike for hauling the growler up from Chicago! Dark brown body, not too dark to be opaue. Husky, chocolately aroma with a brownie-sweet background. Similar flavor, brownie sweetness with rye spicing. Chocolatey finish.
htsprint1 (51) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poors into Goose Island mug deep red to brown with off-white head. This is a serious bock. Seriously good. Honey-like aroma. Cloves and maple syrup taste with medium-thick mouthfeel. A nice creation by the folks @ GI Clybourn.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark murky amber color, nice just off white head, overall color has a weird green tint to it. Aroma of lots of rye, and pale malt. Flavor is lots of rye, fresh grassy hopss, sweet smooth flavor, clean finish. Thanks to BBB63 for sharing this!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of rye, chocolate and floral hops. Shadow-esque, thin head. Taste is sour and mouth watering. Slick, oily and acidic feel on the palate. The rye is very evident, reminiscent of pumpernickel bread. Unique tactile feeling. Thanks to BBB63 for bringing this one!
1FastSTi (3285) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeasty, Brown Sugar, Sweet Malts, a touch of sourness. Good Carbonation, Mahogany color, off-white head. Excellent lacing. Flavor: Brown Sugar, rye, touch of sourness. Acedic, light-medium body. Had this at the Tosa tasting. Thanks whomever brought it. It is good!
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy off-white head... dark copper color. Light wheat berry aroma. Grapes and rye bread make up the flavor in this roasted wheaty bock. Very nice balance and a great drink.
BBB63 (5750) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at the ’Tosa gathering: Carmel hue with a small fizzy head and good lace. The aroma has rye for sure plus the expected toasted and carmel malts, floral hops, juniper berry, and earthy esters. The taste starts with a twangy fruit and rye snap. The roasted malts come through more towards the center and finished with some sublime bitters. The feel is sharp and crisp, a bit vinous and strangely dry on the finish, yummy! This is pretty nice if if not quite to style. I would drink it again.